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NIA-NASA Urban Air Electric Infrastructure Study



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In major metropolitan areas, electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs), are a promising solution to rising traffic, congestion and vehicle emissions challenges. However, the industry needs electric infrastructure that can handle the highly distributed, yet often concentrated, charging volume.

Black & Veatch, working with the National Institute of Aerospace, on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), completed an Urban Air Mobility Electrical Infrastructure Study to:

  • Provide a high-level understanding of how high-power loads are integrated into the grid to support eVTOL operations of Urban Air Mobility systems.
  • Provide overview modifications, timeframes, and estimates to develop and deploy infrastructure at selected prototypical sites.
  • Provide high-level estimates for conventional fueling depots to support hybrid electric power trains.
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